Bookish Musings and Ponderings: Goodreads Challenge
Welcome to the second segment to my Musing and Ponderings instalments: discussion-based posts on book-related topics!
Today's topic of discussion: the Goodreads Challenge!
Why this topic? Well, we're in a new year (Happy New Year!), which means it's time to set a new Goodreads Challenge. Which got me thinking about the Goodreads Challenge in general, so I've decided to combine all the thoughts I've had about them into one main post. Long story short: the Goodreads Challenge has...well, challenges. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely love the Goodreads Challenge. It's a great way to motivate yourself read more. But at the same time, my main issue with it is that Goodreads doesn't count rereading books as "reading" a book in that year, and thus doesn't count towards your Challenge goal. So a more accurate description of the Goodreads Challenge isn't "How Many Books You Read This Year", but "How Many New Books You Read This Year."
There's another challenge to completing the Goodreads Challenge: reading merely for the sake of meeting the book count. For me, that has resulted in a lot of speed-reading. Speed-reading feels wonderful in the short term (to be able to brag that I've read 5 books in less than a week feels fantastic), but I found myself losing everything I read just as quickly. Their stories just didn't sink in as much, because I would constantly be reaching for a next book, never letting the story and characters sink in for more than a day. Rather than letting a book stay with me for a period of time, I would force whatever impacts it had on me off by starting a completely new book. All this being taken into consideration, I've decided to lower my official Goodreads Challenge. I'll be using it as a means to challenge myself to read new books, but not necessarily be an indication of how many books I've read. What do you guys think of the Goodreads Challenge? An while we're at it, have you guys read any good books so far? Let me know in the comments!